The leading independent magazine for all those interested in the choral and organ worlds.
Choir & Organ shines a global spotlight on two distinctive fields of creativity, celebrating inventiveness and excellence in all their forms. We aim to inspire our readers through giving a platform to conductors, organists, composers, and choirs of every kind; and showcasing the imaginative craft of pipe organ building across the centuries, critiquing new organs and tackling ethics in restoring historic instruments.
Specialist writers appraise new editions and recordings of standard repertoire and works fresh from the composer's pen, while our news and previews chart the latest developments in a changing world and present opportunities to become involved. Choir & Organ is an invitation to engage with two unique areas of music – to explore the new, and look again at the familiar.
In the November issue of Choir & Organ we meet Ensemble Pro Victoria, a group with a passion for the renaissance repertoire of England and the Iberian peninsula; a tour of Fratelli Ruffatti’s Padua workshop catches a glimpse of a ‘monster’ organ for California’s Crystal Cathedral and a new instrument for Pershore Abbey; and Errollyn Wallen discusses the influences on her compositions and the need for classical music to reconnect with the general public.
Plus, the magnum opus of a little-known 19th-century York organ builder finds a new home in its native city; mosaics and music-making in Ravenna, Italy; Bournemouth Symphony Chorus celebrates its 110th anniversary; the score for Lillie Harris’s tender carol Christmas Silence commissioned by Choir & Organ for Ben Parry and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain; how a Wells Kennedy organ in a Northern Ireland concert venue sparked a project to commission short pieces from some unlikely composers; Suzi Digby speaks to David Hill about the importance of music education; Presto Music’s Chris O’Reilly; our guide to early music festivals; and in the last of her series, Natascha Reich considers how the organs of the Altiplano reflect Anden indigenous culture.